As part of the greenway opening celebration, one of the Loop Trolleys was on show, parked at the Kingsbury stop on DeBaliviere. Naturally, I went along to see it, and I also found out that the delayed 3rd trolley is due later this month. Test running has started along the eastern end of the route, and operator training is well underway.
I asked if a decision on pricing had been made yet, and was told that an official press release is due in the next few days, but that tickets would be $2 for 2 hours, or $5 for an all day pass. Cash would not be taken on the trolleys, and each stop would have a ticket machine, plus there would be an app to enable online ticket purchases. There will be discounts for the over 65, and very young children can ride free, but there are no plans for any concession for local residents.
Trolley #2 was due to arrive at Loop Trolley Headquarters (or “The Trolley Shed” as I prefer to call it) today, and I wanted to go along for some pictures. Just as I turned the corner from DeBaliviere into Delmar I saw the “Large Load” vehicle just going past the junction with Goodfellow, so I quickly parked and got out with my camera.
There were crews from Fox 2 there, and the local business people also came out to take photos of the big event. Joe Edwards was there and he was his normal ebullient self about the trolley. He tells me they are still doing testing without power at the moment, but he is hoping that powered testing will start in a couple of weeks.
It was interesting to see that they charged up the trolley and it got off the low-loader under its own power, before being pulled by a truck into the Trolley Shed. It was also fun to watch for the first time the trolley, buses, trucks and cars all sharing the same street space.
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This morning saw the first outing for the first Delmar Loop Trolley. Today, Trolley #1 was being pulled (and sometimes pushed) along the tracks, and the object was just to check clearances. But it gave the rest of us our first chance to see the trolley moving!
It started from the Trolley Shed and went west to the terminus at the end of Delmar and then returned. I caught up with the trolley as it was crossing Skinker as it was returning east, and followed it along past the old Delmar station, rounded the corner into DeBaliviere, then crossed Forest Park Parkway and Lindell Boulevard, before reaching the end of the line by the Missouri History Museum.
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Trolley # 1 is ready to roll, and is due to start testing within the next 2 weeks. Testing will, we were told today, first be the trolley being pulled/pushed along the route to test clearances and basic safety. Following that, power will be applied and the trolleys themselves will be tested, at first slowly, then at full operating speeds – 25 mph! All the switches and signals will also be tested, and the trolleys will complete 300 miles of live testing before being open to the public – so we can expect to get familiar with the clang, clang, clang of the trolley very soon!
Today’s press conference was my first opportunity to actually get onto a Trolley, and the inside is really smart. I was interested to see that the seat backs move back and forward, so one can face in either direction. Participating in the today’s event were, among others, Joe Edwards, U City Mayor Shelley Welsch, Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, Alderman Frank Watson, along with Loop Trolley personnel and interested parties from the Loop, Forest Park Forever, and Skinker DeBaliviere.
New topsoil is being delivered and raked into place along DeBaliviere, and so the plants can’t be far behind, can they? When I interviewed Joe Edwards a while ago he was telling me about the plans for the new planting along here, and it will be fun to see how it turns out!
Delmar is currently closed for a short way as they prepare to lay the tracks into the train shed. Very curvy tracks too!
It was back in January when I first wrote about the Trolley Shed, at which time the front was boarded up, and the plans for a visitor center were just that – plans. Given the news yesterday about the trolleys arriving in St Louis, I took another trip over to the shed.There is still work to do, but it’s a lot nearer than it was!
No sooner had I posted my pics from the DeBaliviere/Delmar corner, than I heard some exciting Loop Trolley news – 2 trolley cars have arrived in St Louis!!
The vintage trolley cars are from the George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line in Seattle, Washington, and a third one is currently in Iowa being made ready for service here. They are in a Metro train yard at the moment, so we can’t get to see them up close, but someone managed to find a photo opportunity!
The Trolleys are due to be transported over to the Trolley Shed at some point, and you can be sure I’ll be do my best to be there when it happens!
Work started early this morning on laying the Trolley tracks across the junction of Skinker and Delmar. I walked by there about 9am, by which time they well under way digging one trench, and a pile of old rails had been excavated.
There was a line of trucks waiting to take the rubble away, and it took less than 10 minutes to fill one and send it on its way.
Coming back about 30 minutes later, they had already finished the first trench and were working on the second. It was interesting to see the old brickwork under the modern road surface, and the remains of the rail ties that had been exposed by the new trench.
I was going to see if I could talk to the foreman or one of the workers, but they were all so engrossed in their work that I decided not to bother them!
In the early 1900’s two structures at 5875 and 5893 Delmar Boulevard were built. Originally car repair and sales showrooms, the two buildings were later combined into one, and most recently used as the Delmar High School, until that closed in the mid-1990’s. Since then the structure has remained empty, but now it is being given a new lease of life as the Trolley Shed for the Delmar Loop Trolley.
Work is well underway for the development, which will include a public exhibition area, as well as fulfilling the needs of servicing and maintaining the 5 trolleys.